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Microsoft attempted to derail the bad news train last night by releasing another Windows 11 update – replete with ISOs – and unveiling a preview of the wunder-OS on Azure Virtual Desktop. The updates came as Microsoft, which recently celebrated another bumper set of results for fiscal 2020, warned Microsoft 365 customers that …

  1. heyrick Silver badge
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    A big thumb up for the stylistic suck of the illustration

    (see subject)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: the illustration should have been a Microsoft piglet, with a giant lipstick heading its way.

      Can't help but feel the illustration should have been a Microsoft piglet, with a giant lipstick heading its way.

      Windows 11 really is a 'Microsoft meets Kim Kardashian' moment, in terms of software development/marketing.

  2. redpawn

    If only

    I loved hype more, I'd always be happy.

    1. NATTtrash
      Paris Hilton

      Re: If only

      Maybe, but notice realising more and more that these "productivity software", "new, new, new!", "revolutionary", "can't miss", "exclusive" thingies... erm... take more time that the stuff you needed to do to begin with. Ah well, it all has more to do with "creating needs" than "saving lives" I suppose...

      (Rounded corners? It's a feature™! Clippy, where are you?)

  3. Ashto5

    Looks like every other paint app

    Most of the time I use paint for screen grab highlighting to show where a problem exists

    I really don’t need all the bells and whistles

    But hey it justifies the price rise

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: Looks like every other paint app

      You should try using a far more mature and usefull product and its free.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Looks like every other paint app

      Bells and whistles that Microsoft took away/discontinued...

      Many forget, Office 2000 used to include PhotoDraw 2000 (v2).

      Photodraw 2000 wasn't Photoshop, but it wasn't that bad in terms of throwing together a quick image of a pig with lipstick.

    3. karlkarl Silver badge

      Re: Looks like every other paint app

      Honestly there are no more bells and whistles in Microsoft's new paint since Windows NT 4. It is all lipstick on a pig.

      If anything, it has regressed because you now need to explicitly select foreground background color when choosing color rather than left/right click due to restrictions for consumer tablet users.

    4. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: Looks like every other paint app

      For a more fully fledged application, MS could always direct users to

      and whilst they are at it, slip in a link to...

    5. BrownishMonstr

      Re: Looks like every other paint app

      Can't you do that with the Win+S shortcut in Windows 10?

  4. Grunchy Silver badge

    Rediscovered my PS3

    Windows 11 reminds me how when the PS5 came out, and Sony threatened to shut down the PS3 PlayStation store, so I splurged 50c on a MotorStorm avatar image (before they’re pulled). But then I also discovered how thoroughly the PS3 had been hacked and cracked, and there’s some really damn good games to be had for nothing! It’s still a hot-damn system for which they seem to have stopped meddling with, and you know what?

    I’ve discovered how much I hate endless software meddling.

    To the extent that, goddammit, I’m going back to Windows 7.

    I probably don’t need any more software innovation anymore, of any kind.

    It all works just fine the way it is!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Rediscovered my PS3

      Just compare the startup time of Windows 10 1511, compared to Windows 10 21H1, and you have to ask, for what exacty?

      It must be 10 secs+ added on, for 21H1, on some older core2duo hardware with an SSD, running at SATA2 speeds.

      Some much bloatware/intrusive telemetry, monitoring everything and anything, in Windows 10 21H1, and the same, going forward with Windows 11.

      What happened to just storing the bare minimum, same with Government, don't they realise that all this data collection costs real money in terms of cloud storage? And importantly, on a subscription/data upload/download basis.

      In the perfect IT world, the idea is for law-abiding individuals to have has little interaction with Government as possible, thereby storing as little as possible. Thereby costing taxpayers as little as possible.

      When will Government/Companies learn that storing information just because they can (eg.the utter demeaning and intrusive application for Universal Credit as an example), then never doing anything useful with that data, storing it indefinitely is utterly pointless and bloody expensive, in the scheme of things.

      But then, it also stops those genuinely in need from claiming, not wishing to give up their privacy, maybe that's the whole reason behind the massive data grab and why I never want to work on another Government project ever.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Wndows speeds

        With all that bloatware, spyware and [cough][cough] telemetry, it is surprising that there are any CPU cycles left to run user applications.

        They (MS that is) is really taking the piss. Do they honestly think that we are all idiots? Don't answer that. There are too many beancounters who have been bamboozled by MS's claims and promises for them to switch to another OS without major grief for those beancounters.

        MS is a lost cause at my company. macOS for the laptops and Linux backends. Saved us a packet in MS licensing. More than made up for the cost of the Crapple hardware.

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